Ben's transformed beyond belief!
Ben Renshaw, 36, from Eccles, Greater Manchester turned to comfort eating after a sudden illness left him at his lowest ebb. When he couldn't get his old jeans past his knees, he knew something had to change so he joined Slimming World. Now 4 stones* lighter, he shares his story here.
“October 2012 should have been one of the happiest times of my life – instead, it marked an all-time low. My partner Jordan and I had bought a house together and were all set to move in when I was taken ill and needed emergency bowel surgery. I later developed septic blood poisoning and a massive hernia. Seven weeks and eight operations later, I left hospital with a temporary colostomy bag and my confidence crumbling.
“I love food and I've always had a big appetite. My size had fluctuated, but I'd never had a serious weight problem before. Now, stuck at home on the sofa, I cheered myself up by studying takeaway menus and planning what to eat next.
“As my health improved and I could start to go out again, I tried to squeeze into my old clothes and was horrified to find I couldn't get my jeans past my knees. I didn't look like me. I didn't feel like me. Something needed to change.
“Even after a friend recommended Slimming World, I spent another month making excuses not to join. Finally, I took the plunge - and I'm so glad I did!”
Food Optimising success
“I threw myself into Food Optimising from the start. I enjoy experimenting with recipes and devising new ones. I found lots of brilliant meal ideas on the Slimming World website, and Slimming World's Facebook page was a lifesaver. It helped me to stay focused and in control of what I was eating. And when people began asking me for recipes and tips, it made me feel great and spurred me on further.
I haven't really had to change what I eat. I've just changed the way I cook. Instead of ordering an Indian takeaway, I'll make my own curry from scratch.
“Less than nine months after joining Slimming World, I reached my target weight. For the first time in my entire life, I felt slim. My confidence soared as I realised I could buy trendy clothes off the rail.
“My life has changed so much – I absolutely love it! Ultimately, Slimming World isn't about restrictions and complications. It's about real food for real people. That's why it works.”
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose.
*Weight loss will vary due to your individual circumstances and how much weight you have to lose
You'll find more delicious recipe and menu ideas at your local group, along with all the help you need to get started and reach your target weight.